New partnership with SOS Group Ltd

We are really pleased to have agreed a new partnership with SOS Group Ltd who are generously supporting the 2018 RDA National Championships.  SOS are providing all the photocopying equipment, printers, stationery and technical support for the competition.  This is a real boost for the event where the reliability of our equipment and easy access to supplies is important and ensures we provide an efficient service to our participants and volunteers. We are really grateful for the support of SOS who are also able to offer charity rates to RDA Groups for new or used equipment, contact Andrew Skelton at RDA@sosgroup-ltd.co.uk or call 0345 230 8080 to find out more.

Page Last Updated: June 28, 2018

NAIDEX 2018 is nearly here!

We are looking forward to seeing everyone on the RDA stand at NAIDEX 2018, we are pleased to be an official partner for the event taking place 25-26 April at the NEC.  Come and say hello, meet the team and have a go on our mechanical horse!.
Book your FREE tickets today!

 

Page Last Updated: April 12, 2018

A World First Trek to Everest Base Camp

In Spring 2018, RDA rider, Max Stainton will attempt to reach Everest Base Camp to raise funds for Riding for the Disabled Association. Max, who has cerebral palsy, will be leaving the electric wheelchair he relies on daily in Kathmandu and swapping to a Nepalese horse for the ascent up to Base Camp with a team of supporters walking alongside. We believe a trek of this kind has never been achieved before.    This is a once in a lifetime challenge for Max and the Riding Everest team, who are aiming to raise £50,000 towards the first ever RDA National Training Centre, helping to make this dream project a reality. Find out more about this amazing event, how you get involved and show support 

Max is a disabled finance professional who works in London. He has lived with Cerebral Palsy all his life and has ridden with RDA since aged 5.

Page Last Updated: January 15, 2018

RDA official partner for NAIDEX 2018

RDA are pleased to be event partner for NAIDEX 2018  Europe’s biggest show dedicated to the care, rehabilitation and lifestyle of people with a disability or impairment.
Come and visit our stand in the Sports Arena section, have a go on our mechanical horse and learn more how you can get involved with our charity.
Register online today for your FREE TICKETS  NAIDEX 2018

Page Last Updated: January 11, 2018

We are recruiting! Trusts and Grants Fundraiser vacancy

A brand new role has been created at RDA UK’s National office in Warwick. We are looking for a dynamic, enthusiastic and experienced Trust fundraiser to join us in 2018, the successful candidate will have the opportunity to significantly contribute towards our major new project to build the first ever RDA National Training Centre and to increase our annual income overall, in line with our strategy.   If you are a confident fundraiser with a proven successful track record in writing high quality bids and applications then this is the ideal opportunity for you.  Apply by email direct to satkinson@rda.org.uk  sending a covering note explaining why you are an ideal candidate along with a current CV.
Closing date is 26 January 2018, interviews will be held Friday 2 February 2018.
This role is a full time, 2 year fixed term contract and the successful applicant will be tasked with raising in the region of £150,000 per year for the duration of the contract.  To find out more download the Job Description  

Page Last Updated: December 19, 2017

London Marathon 2018 – places available

Looking for a place in the 2018 London Marathon? Why not run for RDA, we have guaranteed Golden Charity Bond places available on a first come first served basis.
Runners are asked to raise £1,500 for RDA UK Charity no 244108 and there is a £100 registration fee to sign up.  All you need to do is email satkinson@rda.org.uk with your details and a brief description about how you could raise the funds for us and we can add you to our charity draw.
Good luck!

Page Last Updated: October 5, 2017

Are you an experienced Equestrian Centre Manager? RDA has an exciting vacancy….

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RDA’s National Training Centre is being built at Lowlands Farm, Warwickshire and we are looking for an experienced Equestrian Manager to lead us through the transition period. The role is an important part of this exciting project and we are looking for a confident person to take us through the set up phase, develop processes and put systems in place in time for completion and opening of the site.
Closing date for applications is Monday 3 July 2017.
Apply by email with a covering letter explaining why you would be suitable for this role along with your CV to jelliston@rda.org.uk
For more information download the RDA Transition Manager Job Description

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Page Last Updated: June 20, 2017

Work For Us At RDA National Office

We have two exciting opportunities to join the staff team at RDA National Office, please see the job adverts below for full details.

The application deadline for both roles in Wednesday 31st May.


Coaching Qualifications Coordinator

Riding for the Disabled (RDA), Warwick

Summary of Job:
We are seeking a new member of staff to play a key role in supporting RDA coaches in delivering an excellent service to our riders.

This role is an excellent opportunity for someone who prides themselves on their administrative capabilities and organisational skills, and is keen to develop these further.

The main responsibilities of the role include:

  • Administering all RDA coaching courses and qualifications
  • Organising and making all administrative arrangements for coaching related events
  • Handling day-to-day enquiries from coaches and ensuring the coach review system is maintained.

About you:
The role is primarily office based and we are looking for someone with excellent administration skills; in an ideal world you will have coaching and/or equine knowledge.

You will need to be organised and self-motivated, being be able to manage your time effectively; providing telephone and email support to coaches and RDA groups, whilst working on a varied range of administrative tasks.

It is important that you are a confident communicator with exceptional customer service skills as you will be providing advice and guidance to our coaching workforce on a regular basis.

About Us:
RDA is a leading national charity, dedicated to enriching the lives of disabled people, through the provision of opportunities for riding, carriage driving and vaulting.

Our mission is to enrich the lives of disabled people through horses and our team at National Office work closely with our coaching workforce to ensure our groups are able to provide an excellent experience for those who take part in our activities.

This is a permanent full-time role, working 34 hours per week, although flexibility will be needed leading up to events, with extra hours covered by time off in lieu.

Salary is £20,000 per annum plus benefits.

Please ring Claire on 01926 405969 or email her on cmilican@rda.org.uk for a full job description. To apply please send a CV with covering email to cmilican@rda.org.uk.


Group Support Administrator (Maternity Cover)

Riding for the Disabled (RDA), Warwick

Summary of Job:
We are seeking a new member of staff to play a key role in supporting RDA groups in delivering an excellent service to our riders.

This role is an excellent opportunity for someone who prides themselves on their administrative capabilities and organisational skills, and is keen to develop these further.

The main responsibilities of the role include administrative support in three key areas:

  • Administering the service providing disclosure checks for volunteers
  • Providing administrative support in the delivery of an RDA national equestrian competition, held in July
  • Organising the collection of information and annual statistics from our 500 member groups and ensuring our database is kept up to date.

About you:
The role is office based and we are looking for an excellent administrator.

You will need to be organised and self-motivated, being be able to manage your time effectively; providing telephone and email support to our groups whilst working on a varied range of administrative tasks.

It is important that you are a confident communicator with exceptional customer service skills as you will be providing advice and guidance to our volunteer workforce on a regular basis.

We also value adaptability, we are looking for someone who will enjoy working on new projects and the challenges associated with a varied workload.

About Us:
RDA is a leading national charity, dedicated to enriching the lives of disabled people, through the provision of opportunities for riding, carriage driving and vaulting.

Our mission is to enrich the lives of disabled people through horses and our staff team at national office work closely with our network of national volunteers to ensure our groups are able to provide an excellent experience for those who take part in our activities.

This is a temporary role, providing maternity cover, working 34 hours per week although flexibility will be needed leading up to events, with extra hours covered by time off in lieu.

Salary is £18,000 (pro rata) per annum.

Please ring Matt on 01926405966 or email mcobble@rda.org.uk for a full job description. To apply please send a covering letter and your CV to mcobble@rda.org.uk

 

 

Page Last Updated: May 23, 2017

Nominations for 2017 RDA Gala Awards are now open!

Celebrate achievement by nominating RDA riders, drivers, volunteers and horses for the 2017 Gala Awards.
http://www.rda.org.uk/rda-gala-awards-2017-nominations-now-open/

Winners will be presented with their awards at the RDA Gala Dinner on 26 September 2017 at The Underglobe, London.
Hosted by Clare Balding and attended by Alastair Stewart, Anneka Rice and Peter Egan.
Closing date for nominations is 22 July 2017.

Page Last Updated: April 10, 2017

Join Sam’s Big Ride

sam orde picRaising money for RDA’s National Training Centre, The Big Ride will see RDA UK Chairman, Sam Orde, complete rides or carriage drives in each of RDA’s 18 regions throughout the summer.

Travelling an average of 15km for each ride, Sam will be joined by RDA members and supporters en route.

“I can’t wait to begin this challenge, which will take me from the Highlands to Northern Ireland, Wales, the South Coast and everywhere in between. I hope to raise lots of money for the National Training Centre, and I am encouraging RDA members to join one of the 18 rides or carriage drives and raise money for their own groups too.”

Find a ride near you:

East Region  Sunday 9 April redman.tessa@gmail.com
NE & S Yorks  Wednesday 31 May bobjude@btinternet.com
Yorks & Cleveland  Sunday 28 May clairepope184@hotmail.com
South  Monday 12 June flochrane@btinternet.com
South East  Wednesday 28 June gilly_roper@btinternet.com
South West  Tuesday 1 August sue@schumacher.com
South Wales Friday 4 August judith.england@btconnect.com
Northern Ireland  Sunday 20 August rdaniregion@yahoo.co.uk
Yorkshire & Cleveland (ride 2) Wednesday 23 August purpletracy@hotmail.co.uk
W & Central Scotland  Wednesday 13 September susanduncanmillar@hotmail.com
Grampian & Highland  Sat 9 September gandhrda@aol.com
North West  Sunday 17 September sheilas@nantwichcc.co.uk
North Midlands  Friday 22 September dencorrall@gmail.com
North Wales  12/13 October rdanwaleschair@outlook.com
West Mercia  Tuesday 17 October anonamay@btinternet.com
Mid West  Sept/Oct lizzieblair@btconnect.com
Greater London  Sept/Oct mike.locke@outlook.com
North  tbc carolebarr2@aol.com
Edinburgh & Borders  tbc lawhittaker@live.co.uk

For general information contact Sam: orde@btconnect.com

To donate to Sam’s Big Ride visit: mydonate.bt.com/events/bigride2017/432482

Page Last Updated: June 23, 2017

Make a Splash for RDA at the Lions Charity Raft Race

Wellesbourne & District and Shakespeare Lions Clubs are raising funds for RDA UK at the 2017 Raft Race.
Sign up today – Get a team together, build a raft then put the fun into fundraising by paddling your raft down the River Avon to Stratford on
Sunday 23 July 2017
a definite date for the diary!!
Find out more   http://www.raftrace.org.uk/  Tel: 07590 387 204 or email enquiries@raftrace.org.uk

Page Last Updated: March 14, 2017

RDA is People’s Postcode Lottery Featured Charity of the week

We are really pleased to be the featured Charity of the week of People’s Postcode Lottery. It’s incredible to think that over the past 3 years players have raised a total of £1.4m for RDA! Thank you so much for your support. Read more about our feature at https://www.postcodelottery.co.uk/about-us/news/four-legged-friends

 

 

Page Last Updated: February 14, 2017

RDA to feature at NAIDEX 2017

NAIDEX is Europe’s biggest and most far-reaching trade, professional and consumer show dedicated to the care, rehabilitation and lifestyle of people with a disability or impairment.RDA is an official partner for NAIDEX 2017 and will feature throughout the event.  Visitors can experience the thrill of riding the RDA mechanical horse and chat to our staff and volunteers about how they can become involved in our activities, providing life changing therapy through horses.

The show takes place at the NEC, Birmingham 28-30 March 2017  and is free to attend.  Find out more www.naidex.co.uk

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Page Last Updated: January 27, 2017

RDA National Training Centre plans to be revealed at BETA International 2017

Come and visit the RDA stand at BETA International 22-24 January 2017, the NEC Birmingham to learn more about RDA’s exciting plans to build the first National Training Centre. See us on Stand D7.7 and find out how you can help support this important project.  Download the RDA NTC Brochure  contact Sal Atkinson  satkinson@rda.org.uk or call 01926 405975.

Page Last Updated: January 20, 2017

New Fundraising Co-Ordinator vacancy

RDA UK is recruiting a new member of staff to join the Fundraising Team at National Office. We are looking for an energetic, enthusiastic fundraiser to develop the support we provide for RDA Groups across the country. This full time role is based at our office in Warwick and will involve a certain amount of travel around the UK, visiting Groups and providing fundraising advice.

To find out more download the
Fundraising Co-ordinator Job Description and How to Apply
Closing date for applications is Monday 6 February 2017. Interviews are on Friday 10 February 2017.

Page Last Updated: January 16, 2017

Grants for RDA Groups – apply now!

Does your RDA Group need funding for  new equipment, a new project or larger horse?  Then apply now for a grant from RDA UK.  Hurry, closing date is 4 November 2016.  ALL established RDA Groups in ALL locations of the UK are eligible to apply.  Good luck!

Page Last Updated: October 25, 2016

2-for-1 tickets for Clare Balding Theatre events

Special offer for RDA supporters to celebrate the launch of Clare’s new book

Ahead of Clare Balding’s appearance at the RDA Gala Awards, where she will be signing copies of her new book, we are delighted to be able to offer 2-for-1 tickets at her live theatre events over the Autumn.

Clare will be celebrating the publication of her very first children’s book THE RACEHORSE WHO WOULDN’T GALLOP at three events in Salisbury, Guildford and Exeter. She’ll be fresh from our TV screens having presented the Olympics and Paralympics in Rio.

Clare will be appearing at Salisbury Playhouse, Yvonne Arnaud and Northcott Theatre for three fantastic events for all the family, including some foyer entertainment. THE RACEHORSE WHO WOULDN’T GALLOP is partly inspired by Clare’s own childhood, so you can expect some fantastic growing-up anecdotes and to hear about her infectious love of animals.

A heart-warming story with a great girl-power message”, Jacqueline Wilson

To claim your 2-for-1 tickets, simply use the codes below either when you book online or when you call the box office.

Salisbury: CLARE

Exeter: RACEHORSE241

For Guildford simply call the Box Office now on 01483 44 00 00 to book.

Please note: Offer on the ticket price only, the price of the book is not included in the offer.

Page Last Updated: September 15, 2016

RDA Trading – new job opportunity

Looking for a new challenge?  RDA is recruiting a part time Trading Co-ordinator responsible for growing sales and income from the RDA online shop and at events. This is an exciting and varied role based at RDA National Office, Warwick. Ideal candidates will have creative flair, enthusiasm and enjoy working as part of an energetic, professional team.
To find out more download the RDA Trading Co-ordinator Job Description.  Visit the RDA online shop at http://www.rdashop.org.uk/

To apply please email a full CV and covering letter, describing why you would be suitable for this role to Sal Atkinson email satkinson@rda.org.uk  Direct Dial Tel 01926 405 975

Page Last Updated: August 15, 2016

RDA is recruiting two new Fundraisers to join the team!

Capital Fundraising Officer, Trusts and Grants
Fixed term two year contract
Salary £25,000 + benefits
Based in Warwick 

Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA UK) is a dynamic national voluntary organisation delivering opportunities for therapy, achievement and enjoyment to more than 28,000 people with disabilities. Demand for RDA activities is high and in order to meet this demand the current fundraising team is expanding and a new capital fundraising campaign is being launched. This post is a great opportunity to help us provide more opportunities for disabled adults and children to take part in activities and receive life changing therapy through horses. The ideal candidate will have recent experience of leading a successful Capital Fundraising campaign and a proven track record in securing substantial grants from Trusts and Foundations.

This is an exciting role for the right person – a creative, energetic team player. 

The post is a fixed term two year and is full time.

For more information download the Capital Fundraising Officer Job Description
To apply please email a CV and covering letter, explaining why you think you would be suitable, to satkinson@rda.org.uk Tel 01926 405 975. 
Closing date: 24 June 2016

Fundraising Officer, Major Individual Donors
Fixed term two year contract
Salary £25,000 + benefits
Based in Warwick 

Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA UK) is a dynamic national voluntary organisation delivering opportunities for therapy, achievement and enjoyment to more than 28,000 people with disabilities.Demand for RDA activities is high and in order to meet this demand the current fundraising team is expanding. This post is a great opportunity to help us provide more opportunities for disabled adults and children to take part in activities and receive life changing therapy through horses. The ideal candidate will have recent experience of securing gifts from high net worth individuals and a proven track record of successful fundraising.

This is an exciting role for the right person – an energetic people person.

The post is a fixed term two year and is full time. 

For more information download the Major Individual Donor Fundraising Officer Job Description  Tel 01926 405 975
To apply please email your CV and covering letter, explaining why you would be suitable for the role, to satkinson@rda.org.uk
Closing date: 24 June 2016

Page Last Updated: June 8, 2016

RDA Gala Awards 2016 – Nominations are now OPEN!

Make your nominations now for the 2016 Gala Awards and book your tickets 

Page Last Updated: April 1, 2016

Accessibility Mark Conference Offers Food for Thought for Accredited Centres

 

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The first Accessibility Mark conference took place at Rein and Shine Riding Centre in Wiltshire, on Tuesday 8th March, with representatives from all accredited centres invited to attend.

The Accessibility Mark scheme was launched by Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA), in partnership with Hoof, the British Equestrian Federation’s (BEF) participation programme to encourage those who do not already partake in equestrian activities or would not usually have the opportunity to do so, to experience the many benefits that riding can bring.

The day’s events were designed to offer the chance to share experiences as well as provide the opportunity for continued professional development through a series of talks and practical demonstrations.

Leading the demonstrations was Sally-Anne O’Neill who is one of a team of Accessibility Support Officers, and she has been instrumental in the introduction of Showjumping to RDA and regularly delivers training and events.

Heading to the outdoor arena, the first demonstration focused on warm-up exercises for riders, mounting and dismounting, which is one of the most common problems faced by riding schools providing lessons for disabled riders.

During the second demonstration Sally-Anne got to share her thoughts on her specialist subject, with an insightful demonstration on polework and an introduction to showjumping, this was particularly useful in providing new ideas that centres can bring to their own Accessibility Mark sessions.

Rein and Shine kindly provided the use of two of their ponies during both the demonstrations.

Two guest speakers, Jennie Espiner and Dom Chambers gave informative talks on understanding and supporting students with Autistic Spectrum Disorder and the RDA Tracker.

Jennie has worked in education for more than40 years and has been lucky enough to work in a broad range of contexts and settings: colleges, schools, prisons, ex-offender and probation hostels.

As an Action for Inclusion Facilitator for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight she has worked extensively at local, regional and national level to develop provision for learners with additional support needs and particularly those with Autistic Spectrum Disorders.

Dom works as a Tracker Manager at RDA National. The RDA Tracker is a simple to use holistic tool, to track and provide evidence of the changes and outcomes that are delivered through riding. The Tracker shows at a glance where and how much change has taken place during the period of riding. Insights from the Tracker can help identify future targets and goals, enabling centres to tailor lessons and activities accordingly. Tracker information can then be shared with family, carers and schools not only providing the opportunity for a rider to share their achievements, but also for others to build on any changes outside of riding.

The conference was also attended by Bronte Wadge-Dale from The Pony Club who was on hand to talk to the centres about Young Equestrians in partnership with HOOF and also Catherine Holland and Jodie Bratchell, BEF Regional Participation Co-ordinators who were available to discuss HOOF product and participation.

The feedback from the centres that attended was that the conference was hugely beneficial, for networking with other centres, learning the latest techniques on how to deal with the challenges faced by disabled riders, ideas for different type of lessons and how they are structured to finding out how other centres run their Accessibility Mark sessions.

There are currently 26 Accessibility Mark approved centres across the country. Further details can be found here.

Page Last Updated: March 22, 2016

Vacancy for new Project Co-ordinator

RDA is very excited to be working in partnership with British Blind Sport to improve the capacity of the organisation, and the equestrian industry generally, to work with more blind and visually impaired people. Thanks to funding from Sport England, RDA is looking to recruit a part time Project
Co-ordinator for this new programme.

To find out more:

Job Description

How to apply 

Closing date for applications is 18 March 2016 

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Page Last Updated: March 4, 2016

Carriage Drivers say thank you to players

Thanks to support from players of People’s Postcode Lottery more disabled carriage drivers can take part in RDA activities at local Lincolnshire group.

“Our new Fenix Carriage has arrived and it’s fantastic! Thank you so much to players of People’s Postcode Lottery for making this possible.” says Caroline Sanderson, RDA volunteer at Lincolnshire Wolds Group   “This has made a huge difference to our group, we have already more than doubled the number of carriage drivers we can take out to enjoy the new Spring season, it’s a real life changer.”

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Page Last Updated: March 4, 2016

Disabled horse riders in UK and Africa say ‘Hats off’ to players of People’s Postcode Lottery and British Airways

RDA in the UK has helped its sister charity in Africa with a donation of new safety hats. The hats have replaced older models that RDA Kenya was struggling to afford to update.

When EU regulations prevented certain safety hats being used in the UK, Lambourn RDA group in Berkshire decided to donate their stock of ‘as new’ hats to RDA Kenya. Lambourn group was able to replace its own stock of hats immediately thanks to players of People’s Postcode Lottery, whose support of RDA UK enabled new hats to be bought for RDA groups at a substantially reduced rate. The hats for Africa were kindly shipped for free by British Airways to their new home in Nairobi, where they are already in use.

In a letter of thanks to Lambourn RDA, Sue Anderson, RDA Co-ordinator, Nairobi said: “A huge box of your beautiful hats arrived yesterday, just in time for our afternoon RDA session. Thank you so much. It means that we can retire our rather older models for your wonderful new ones. They work really well and are obviously a lot more comfortable for our riders. No doubt you know how difficult and expensive it is for us to keep up dating our equipment. Your very generous donation is amazing and very timely. Once again thank you so much.”

“We are thrilled that the hats we can no longer use in the UK have been donated to RDA in Nairobi,” said RDA Volunteer, Frances Lochrane. “We were initially very worried about how we would cover the cost of replacing our hats when the new regulations came in as we had only recently bought new ones but thanks to the support of players of People’s Postcode Lottery we now have a new supply. We have a close link to RDA Kenya and knew their riders would be able to use the existing hats and the fantastic gesture from BA to waive the cargo fee was the cherry on the cake, we can’t thank everyone enough!”

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Page Last Updated: January 12, 2016

2015 Raffle winners announced!

Congratulations to the winners of the 2015 RDA annual cash raffle:

1st Prize of £1,000 goes to Mrs R Ayres. Ticket no 35623
2nd Prize of £500 goes to Ellershaw House, Care Home.  Ticket no 31984
3rd Prize of £250 goes to RDA Durrance Group. Ticket no 44532

A big thank you to everyone who supported the raffle.

 

Page Last Updated: November 30, 2015